“Cooking votive food” and different rituals around it have always seemed nostalgic to me. Although years have passed and I am far from my childhood, each year I am eager to join this ritual and keep away from the regulated and lustrous modern world and education, and deal with people whose houses are still filled with the scent of old traditions.
Therefore, this year I participated in the ritual of cooking votive food in the village of Kord Amir.
Gentle men, kind women, and playful children of this village are extremely hospitable but they are not very interested in cameras and photography. Thus, I couldn’t reach the men’s section. However, it seems that all of these nostalgic events and rituals are preserved by women; in kitchens, in warm rooms, and by the side of samovars and small tea glasses.
This collection narrates one day of the ritual of cooking votive food and mourning of the villagers of “Kord Amir”, near Tehran.
Distributing votive food generally happens for the sake of the blessing of the dead, eliminating misfortune, or keeping a vow. Cooking votive food has especial manners and conditions which includes reading Quran (the holy book of Muslims), mourning and narrating Rawda, chest-beating, and cooking and distributing food with the help of others.